Patron Medway 2025 City of Culture
Director Zest The Agency
Helen has worked her way up through the ranks at Zest over the last 12 years. Being involved with businesses in Kent for more than 20 years, has given Helen a sound understanding of the local economy, as well as a very large ‘little black book’ of contacts. Helen has been leading the client service team at Zest for many years, forging strong relationships with clients such as Kent County Council, Leeds Castle, Dreamland, Priority Freight, and Visit Kent to name a few.
Director and Founder – AJD Solutions
AJD Solutions is currently delivering ‘Love Where You Live’ social and community engagement activities to schools, community groups, and young people across in Medway and South East. AJD are passionate about making Medway and Kent (even) better places to live, through collaboration with charities, arts organisations and housing associations.
Founder Copper Rivet Distillery
The Copper Rivet Distillery is an exciting and dynamic Medway based craft distillery. Drawing upon the area’s rich tradition of innovation and craft, the team will toil together to produce small batches of exceptional gins, whiskies and vodkas from scratch in bespoke stills, with the same skill that local craftsmen once fashioned world-class ships. They are the only spirit maker in Kent, and one of just a few in the UK that undertakes the complete process of brewing and distilling from grain to glass, ensuring our range of premium spirits is totally distinctive and unique.
Deputy Dean (Accreditations & Medway) – Kent Business School
KBS is a leading Business School accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. KBS offers an engaging teaching experience underpinned by world-class research. This experience is further strengthened by professional partnerships and international community and faculty, creating an exciting atmosphere in which to learn, where innovation is encouraged and challenges welcomed.
Partner, Architecture – BPTW
Partner and Urban Designer Chris Bath has led on many significant projects, including new build residential developments, regeneration schemes and mixed-use masterplanning projects. With placemaking at the heart of his work, he has been responsible for leading BPTW’s successful expansion in Kent with award-winning projects like Rochester Riverside, a 1400-home, mixed-use regeneration scheme in Medway created with locally inspired architecture and an extensive public realm.
Chief Executive – Creating Cultural Capacities
CCC provides consultancy services to a number of organisations across the public, private and third sectors in the fields of diversity and Inclusion ( including issues around Hate Crime),Tackling social isolation and loneliness, Regeneration, Innovation, and creativity, Culture, Health and wellbeing (including social prescribing) and Corporate Social Responsibility.
Director and Founder – Aerial Imaging South East
Aerial Imaging South East offers a range of aerial imaging services, from traditional photography, video capture and editing, to acquiring detailed images for inspection. Fully qualified UAV pilot.
Founder and Chief Executive – Funny Women CIC
At the heart of Funny Women is a desire to help women find their voice, whether that be through performing and writing comedy or using humour in business and everyday life. Their blood is the Funny Women Awards which launched in 2003 and now sets the gold standard for women breaking into comedy. Alumni include great talents like Sara Pascoe, Sarah Millican and many more, who have all gone on to have sustainable careers as comedy performers and writers.
CEO – Friends Of the Wisdom Hospice
The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice is a Charity dedicated to supporting the work of the Wisdom Hospice, providing specialised end of life care and support to local people, their families, friends and carers whether at home, in the hospice or hospital.
Volunteer and Community Development Manager
wHoo Cares supports individuals on the Hoo Peninsula with the aims to reduce social isolation while strengthening communities on the Peninsula and to establish an innovative and creative new model of support for vulnerable people and their carers. Our key purpose is to work with local individuals, communities and organisations all over the Hoo Peninsula.
Audit and Assurance Senior Manager and specialist in academies and education
Kreston Reeves guide their clients, colleagues and communities to a brighter future. They help dynamic businesses, not for profit organisations, private individuals and families with more than accountancy, business and financial advice.
Phil is committed to and active within the academy and education sector and is also a governor at a primary school in Medway. Read more about Phil’s focus and specialisms here.